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Honoring Honest Work - Khutbah by Nouman Ali Khan

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The only thing that distinguishes one Muslim from another, as Nouman Ali Khan teaches us in this khutbah, is their level of fear of Allah. In Aya 11 of Surah Al-Hujuraat, Allah says that we must never make others feel inferior to us, whether because of their race or the job they do. Ustadh Nouman reminds us of how Prophet Dawoud, who was one of the greatest rulers humanity has ever known, was honored by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for eating from the toil of his own hands and how the Quran too honored him for his ability to shape metal. Despite the greatness of his kingdom, he was an ironsmith, and by dignifying him as such, Allah has dignified every kind of halal work as work in the path of Allah


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the emini rabbul aalameen today's Kaaba

is a difficult one but certainly an

important reminder for myself and for

all of you I feel it's something that's

easily taken for granted I'll begin with

something allah azza wajal cells in

certain karate when he describes the

tells the oma and the first instruction

after telling us that we are brothers to

each other in the mel-min una aqua

believers are nothing but brothers to

one another and we should make peace and

reconciliation between ourselves the

first instruction after that was yeah a

Ujala Dina I'm on Elias Hakka woman :

those of you who believe don't let one

group of one group make fun of any other

group One Nation make fun of any other

nation one class of people not make fun

of any other class of people come back

in the Arab times also used to be about

the tribes so the people were one tribe

and they would think that their tribe is

the best and they'd make fun of the

other tribe those of you that come from

you know you know Pakistan India

Bangladesh whatever the Pakistani so

maybe you know the box I'll make fun of

the Bangladeshis or the Punjabi will

make fun of the Ordo speaking or the

Moroccan might make fun of the Algerian

or whatever else you know this this is

one meaning of the ayah but that's

actually not the subject that I want to

share with you today there are many

dimensions of this making fun of another

group and so first thing I want to do is

describe something about the meaning of

the word sodium or sukira which is the

verb used here is a poem in Qom there

are multiple words in Arabic to make fun

or to make a joke but this particular

word has two dimensions one of them is

you're making fun of someone you're

laughing at someone of course you can

laugh at someone if something is funny

something looks funny something someone

acts funny something slips and falls or

whatever you can make fun of those

things but this word

also gives us the implications of

Tesla's which is the act Allah describes

for when we subjugate animals or how

Allah has subjugated or overpowered the

clouds he is humbled the clouds what I'm

trying to get at is when you make fun of

someone assuming that they are less than

you that they are below you that they

are in somehow somehow subordinate to

you and with that mentality you think of

someone or you make someone feel

inferior that's also actually like a

moment omen in other words one of the

implications of this phrase in the Quran

this ayah is that believers should not

make any group of them should not make

any other group feel like they are less

feel like they are worth less than they

are you know inferior to themselves that

feeling again it can come from tribe it

can come from race but there are other

places that can come from and so I

wanted to highlight one of those places

that it comes from that we have to be

watchful of particularly and I want to

start actually with a hadith of the

Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam

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alehissalaam Kanaya hulu minimally ad

the prophet salallahu alayhi wasalam

said nobody ever eats a single bite of

food that is better than the bite of

food they eat after having earned the

money for that food with their own hand

when you earn money with your own hand

and you eat meal and whatever meal a

single bite of it even that's the best

meal you've ever eaten

whether that meal was three days old

pizza or it was just a piece of oh no

still potato chip or something if all

you could afford it doesn't matter the

fact that you earned with your own hand

for that piece of food to go into your

mouth there is nothing better you could

possibly have eaten and that to add to

that the messenger of allah sallallahu

wasallam made a statement about an

example and the example he gave was


Dawood alehissalaam the Prophet dadada

his Salam Kanaya Kulemin Emilia he he

used to eat from the work of his own

hand if you know something about the

other his Salam he was one of the

greatest rulers in the history of


Allah Himself said in Hanukkah

Halyburton fill out yet naka Hanifah

thankful though that would we are making

you a khalifa in the land from jewish

historical accounts his empire was so

big there was no part of the known world

that was not under his control you could

think of it as the one of the greatest

rulers humanity has ever experienced was

vowed alehissalaam as a matter of fact

even when all of the children of adam

alayhis-salam were shown to him all of

humanity was shown to adam alayhis-salam

in the beginning Dow darling Saddam

struck out him he asked about

da-da-da-dah a special prophet of Allah

and what is the last messenger say about

this great king and ruler and prophet he

says he used to eat every meal that he

ate based on the work he did with his

own hand

what was the Quran described about

da-da-da salam instead of describing to

us the expanse of his government how he

used to render his armies how many

battles he fought what what descriptions

do we find of doubt that Islam I'll just

share one of them with you he says well

Akkad attina Dawood Amina table we gave

now the other his Salam a special favor

that comes only from us Allah says a

special favor was given to doubt on a

Salam and a few of those things are

uniquely miraculous to him for example

Yoji bali yagi Baloo o we be ma who

mountains sing along with him when he

makes the price of a lot of the

mountains would sing along with him what

plays and the birds too

but then he says what island La Jolla

Hadid enamel savathun what up there is

said he says net and then we made iron

or metal

we made it soft for him in other words

he learned how to melt and mold metal

and then Allah said and then I

instructed him directly

work on the armour and make the links in

the chain and make sure they're properly

calculated in other words Allah killed

him the engineering for the kind of work

he was going to do the workmanship he

was going to do with metal now the all

of these images about those are they

said I'm tied together going up into the

mountains to find the material he's

going to use and he seems the birds

there that are singing the praises of

Allah with him and he brings those

materials back and he's burning those

metals and fusing them and working on

them like you know an iron Smith a works

men these are the kind of people that

have you would think

even back in the days of a village the

lowest jobs their working with metals

and burning them it smells bad you know

people don't want to be near them or

around them they're covered in smut

they're covered in this black dust that

comes from the work that they do that's

the work they do all day in it it's not

a job you do for five minutes or ten

minutes and you're done

you spend your waking day just working

working working exhausting yourself

physically this is a very labor you know

physical labor blue-collar job a factory

job you could say that those

alehissalaam used to do this is the

example the Prophet gave alayhi salaatu

wa salaam and this is the example that

allah started with that Allah gave this

person a special favor and he made him

work like this what I'm trying to get at

is that by giving this example the

messenger of allah sallallahu alaihi wa

sallam has dignified through Allah

Himself every job when you are driving a

taxi when you're standing at a cash

register when you're delivering pizzas

when you're you know you're working as a

janitor at the airport cleaning the

bathrooms when you're a security guard

there may be people around you say what

do you do and you're embarrassed to say

that's your job you feel like you know

you have a degree you're an accountant

you have an office you're a programmer

you're a doctor you're an engineer oh

I'm just a taxi driver I'm just I just

work at a grocery store I just drive a

truck you know you feel like you're less

worthy because you do this kind of work

allah azza wajal

honored all halal work and he said

there's no better meal you can eat than

the one you earn with your own hand that

that's the way by which a lot ignited

and he even gave the example of a

prophet alayhi Salaam doweling salaam

that used to do physical labor

another beautiful hadith of the prophet

also inspired by this in my in Lihue

kana in Kanazawa lee dahee a heavy

mopohua peaceable allah if there is a

person who makes efforts to provide for

his parents your parents have gotten old

they can't afford anything for

themselves you have to do extra overtime

because your regular job you have enough

to pay for yourself but now you have to

support your parents - your parents got

sick or they're old and now you need to

work them too so now all of your extra

time is going into doing more work so

when someone makes these extra efforts

to support both of their parents or even

one of them then that what's the

probability the profit call it for who a

FISA vanilla then that is in the path of

Allah that person is struggling in the

path of Allah that's that's noble before

Allah you know this person might feel

that I don't get to come to the most of

as often as I'd like to I don't get to

recite Quran as much as I'd like to I

used to learn so much more and I don't

get to learn as much because I'm always

working now because I'm supporting my

family I feel like I'm giving all my

time to dunya and I used to give so much

more time to Levine The Messenger of

Allah comes to you and tells you no that

is also visible EDA and then he says

there are people who are so desperate

they're bare they work so hard whatever

work they can find they do but they

barely make enough to survive themselves

they're barely surviving themselves

hand-to-mouth what you call what does he

say about them well in Canada enough

c-e-o work is a vanilla and he's making

effort only the barely suffice for

himself that is also in the path of

Allah that is also dignified this is the

beauty of our religion Allah honors

people what we do is we look down upon

them we make someone feel inferior I

started with liars how come woman comon

don't make someone feel diminished on

one group compared to another group you

are a bunch of friends all of you

graduated from college one of your

friends couldn't graduate one of your

friends had financial difficulty or his

parents business failed or whatever he

dropped out of school worked at work at

the gas station the rest of you

graduated the rest of you are hanging

out and talking about what jobs you're

doing and you keep reminding him of how

he's the dropout this is like illumine

coleman even him standing at that gas

station even in pumping that gas is

actually something noble and dignified

by Allah that's something a large that

will honored him with this is the

reminder that Allah gives us when he

talks about us earning our income you

know how Allah describes earning income

in the Quran when you have whatever job

you have whether you do business whether

you're working at an office whether you

work at a hospital whether you do

physical labor it doesn't matter what

kind of job you do all of it within the

realm of

has one name and especially on the day

of Friday what does he say Sadako deity

Salah fantasy Luo fella what a human

thought Leela he says when the prayer is

done go spread out everywhere in the

land go everywhere you have to go and

pursue out of Allah's favor that Ernie

whatever earning you do Allah describes

it as a loss favor on you that's a lost

favor on you

and when a lot of favors someone he has

honored them there is no dishonor when

someone has favored Allah there cannot

be those two things cannot exist coexist

and so let's bring this concept closer

to home this notion that for some reason

because you have a better job than

somebody else and by the way we don't

just do this among strangers we do this

within our families there's a young man

that says I don't I don't want to be a

doctor I want to be a pharmacist and his

family said you're a loser you know you

you could have been something you're

just going to be a pharmacist yeah it's

better hours I get to do other things

that I meant to do with my life I don't

know if I want to spend another five

years or six years continuing this

education etc etc so I'm decided I want

to be a pharmacist or worse yet that's

suicide for many parents of the son or

daughter decides to become a nurse in

that lillahi wa inna ilayhi LaRon this

is why you studied biology to become a

nurse you know even worse some of these

young people decide they're going to

study history and then their parents are

yelling at them what are you good at

what job are you going to go to studying

history while I love history and I think

it's important to learn and I think I'm

going to teach afterwards I want you

want to be a teacher get a real job

a teacher people who can't do teach you

know well these go to law school to

become a lawyer or something why can't

you get a real job

we've even within our families we make

certain lines of work certain

contributions we make them feel

diminished or worse yet if a young man

or woman decides they're going to study

psychology or going to counseling

because they feel the Muslim community

needs a lot of counselors our women need

counsel our parents need counsel our

teenagers need counsel our young

children need counsel and we don't have

anybody to get counsel for

we have to end up in the in the in the

care of non-muslims because we don't

have enough professionals in this space

so somebody decides to go into

counseling and everybody else makes fun

of this one that decided to do a major

in counseling you know because what are

you going to do with that how do you get

a career out of that

making people feel inferior for the work

that Allah gave them talent in the work

Allah inspired them to do I'm not saying

you shouldn't aspire for better and

better careers but don't make people in

fury feel people people feel inferior

for the work that they do there are some

young men in the audience today that are

no good at college they're just not no

matter how much you try to make them

study they cannot but they're really

good at fixing cars they just made

natural natural born mechanics it could

be the best mechanic in the nation I

don't make him feel horrible because he

didn't finish his degree because he

couldn't be tried he couldn't do it but

when he put his hand in this work he was

excellent at it and now he's going to

run three four or five garages of his

own and then he's going to hire the

accountant that graduated from one of

the schools he filled out him that's

what's going to happen and there are

people like that not everybody has to

take the same path we feel like the the

pathways that society has delineated for

us they are the only way to get respect

in society if you get a degree from a

college then you get disrespect if you

have a job at an office then you get

respect if you do this this and this

then you get respect but if you're a

farmer you get no respect if you're a

taxi driver you get no respect if you're

a mechanic you get no respect if you

work at a store you get no respect who

decided this the line is messenger give

us the standard there's a reason we

stand in one role we don't check what

your job is first we don't check how

much you make first before you stand in

a row in Salah in the acro Mukunda lahia

kharkom the most noble among you are the

ones that are closest to Allah the ones

that are most cautious of Allah and so

in that remarkable ayah which I'll

conclude with but before I go to that I

again about the audience Alam because

the end of it is just absolutely

incredible before I do that one more

ayah on the side that I want to share

with you from surah qasas Allah says

till Kedah rule Akira Nalu Holly latina

originally when fil ardi what a facade

on that final home meaning Jenna we have

reserved it Allah says we have reserved

it for people who don't want to gain a

superiority in this earth they don't

want to feel superior to others in this

life they don't want to make other

people feel inferior in the fight that

is not what their life is about la

Laguna Alou and Phil ugly and by the way

when you create a culture and a society

in which some people feel inferior some

people are made to feel superior and

this culture perpetuates you know what

happens then everybody at the bottom is

always trying to be like everybody at

the top you have people that are not

making any money they're poor they're

living in subpar housing or whatever and

their dreams of living in a mansion and

you know the kind of car and the kind of

fancy ride or whatever this is facade

that class society that's created where

one group is constantly vying for the

dignity of another group that is facade

that is exactly what happened in the

case of karoon that's why this ayah

comes at the end of the story of karun

when karun had all of his wealth and

everybody else in the israelite

community was poor they said yeah Larry

solanum is Lama who pyaar karoon if only

we had what karun has we'd be doing

great if I had what he had man so sweet

I wish what he had I wish I had when he

had this is this is corruption at its

core this is corruption inside of the

hearts and it makes people want to earn

money by any means possible then they no

longer care about what's allowed and

what's Haram then we just say so long as

it's a good job I'll do it so long as it

makes good money I'll do it the

distinction about the the good earning

the halal earning though the legitimate

earning with the work of your own hand

goes away and so now as I conclude I

want to share with you the final part of

that ayah in which the audience Adama

bla spoke to him and told him to work on

the iron and to make sure he perfects

his craft

first of all in that ayah Allah Azza WA

JAL highlighted specifics that you

didn't have to you could have just said

a lot could have just told us about da

da da Salam to work on the metal to

craft uneven goes cut divisive make sure

every single link in the chain that you

make is perfectly calculated when you do

a job do it perfectly that's what he

told him in telling him that and by the

way it's not just about those other

salam the ayah and when I loose Allah

hand in me be mana bossy all of you be

good do good I'm watching what all of

you do halfway through the story of da

da da Saddam Allah transitions

he doesn't what's called the mill teapot

he transitions and he talks to you and

me and says by the way I'm not just

telling you the story of the ODE you

better be great at your jobs too

and you better do right by your jobs too

it doesn't matter if you're a high-power

executive it doesn't matter if you're a

janitor it doesn't matter if you're a

clerk somewhere doesn't matter what your

job is you better be the best at it and

you better be earning every penny that

you're given you better not be the ones

sleeping on your job your your work

should be defined by the Sun you know

there are people who have jobs who hate

their job they hate their job the only

reason they're in their job is because

of the paycheck that's it you know and

there's it like you know there are

people I've seen like that in the not so

click on the people in the post office

but a lot of times there are people just

sitting there with the Department of

Motor Vehicles you know the guy just

doesn't want to help you they're just

they're not interests they just they're

looking at the when it's lunch you know

and when they see more people are

walking in there like number 56

you know they're so depressed to see you

if whatever job you have whatever job

you have you must now feel that you have

to bring asan to it you have to bring

excellence to it your very best to it

just because this is a favor from Allah

to you if this job wasn't there if that

work wasn't there you would be asking

people you would be asking to borrow

money from them to take a favor from

them to pay the electricity bill to pay

for the groceries at home to pay your

children's food we don't want to ever be

in that position where we have to ask

somebody else

you've not won in us the dignity of a

person is that they don't feel me in

need of other people I the fact that I'm

independent that I Drive my own car that

I can live in my own you know housing

that I can pay for my own clothes in my

own food that's part of my dignity

having to ask someone is humiliating and


so whatever job you have you and I can

have complaints about our job that's

fine that's fine but if you forget that

every single job you and I have is

actually a fumble of Allah is actually a

favor of Allah by means of which he

allowed us to provide this for ourselves

to give us to our families and that

because it's a favor of Allah we have to

take care of that paper we have to do

right by our jobs we can't be sleeping

on the job we can't be just getting by

because our manager is not watching us

24/7 you can't just walk into late late

into your office or into your job

anytime you feel like it because there's

nobody checking on you Allah is still

checking on you you still owe him that

that's part of the exam that we bring

you know large the Weddell will tell us

awful Billy would fulfill all contracts

fulfill covenants when you make an

agreement and there's an expectation you

fulfill that expectation to the very

best of your ability and so Mel you

Sally Han do right this is what I

conclude with now not only must we earn

halal but we must do good with the work

that we do we must make sure that the

jobs that we have are a means by which

good is produced in the world we cannot

be part of corrupt industries we cannot

be part of a machinery a corporate

machinery that creates more corruption

in the world we have to you can't just

earn your keep your your money and not

worry about what this is a part of you

know you can't this is why you can't

just go get a job at a brewery that

makes beer you know or a weapons

manufacturer or something these people

produce evil in the world they cause

destruction and death in the world we

have to now we have to be morally

conscious that what we're doing is going

to do good in the world it's going to

serve some better purpose in the world

and so we have to be conscious about

that in the workplace and the

that we're contributing towards a module

solution and then finally Allah says

whatever you do I'm carefully watching

your boss may not be watching nobody

else may be watching but Allah certainly

is may allah azza wouldn't make us

conscious of our work and may allah azza

wouldn't make give all of us the ability

to earn coladas and suspend it in the

best possible way Malaysia will continue

to favor us with his bubble for

ourselves and our families and give us

the best of West in this dunya and India

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